About me

Irena Itova (MSc, BSc) is the co-founder of UniverCities and PhD researcher in technology-led innovation supporting sustainable urbanism, with the University of Westminster. She is educated architectural technologist and project manager, with nearly 10 years of professional and academic experience as an architect and urban planner, within the public and private sector. 


Irena works with research and innovation oriented projects, connecting academic research and practical implementation. The projects implement high degree of innovative (technological and digital transformation) practices over the living and built environment. She studies the versatile and dynamic influence of technology (digital economy and hyper-connected society) over the modern urban environment. 

Her research focuses on networked infrastructure sustainable planning, agent-based modelling and graph theory, complex dynamic systems, network science. She conducts spatial analyses of societal processes and resource consumption patterns, supported by the pervasive presence of networked sensor technologies. Her professional efforts are dedicated in steering this influence towards positive societal change. She strongly believes that innovative and disruptive phenomena, creating eminent shift in the economy and society at large, can be used to support more efficient and sustainable cities, organized and governed with a human-centric approach. Her research and practical work relates to human-centred digital transformation of the built environment, supporting sustainable urbanism, while creating healthy and happy future cities for people.


Tchapi, M., Neuman, M., Sharkey, M., Itova, I. and Gelgota, A. (2018). East-West Arc: Delivering the Future Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge. London.

Neuman, M., Tchapi, M., Gelgota, A., Itova, I. and Sharkey, M. (2018). The East-West Arc, Re-thinking Growth in the London Region. London.

Hanzl, M., Itova, I., Scheerbarth, B. and Stephens, R. (2018). Smart Sustainable Cities. In: Hanzl, M., Reilly, J. and Agrawal, M. (eds.) Climate Change Planning: ISOCARP Review 14. International Society of City and Regional Planners ISOCARP: The Hague.